UNESCO International Jazz Day

Jazz is a universal language of freedom and creativity.  UNESCO's International Jazz Day is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for unity.  Musicians and fans from all five continents will celebrate the first-ever International Jazz Day on 30 April. UNESCO proclaimed the Day during its General Conference late last year.

Why International Jazz Day?

  • Jazz breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance;
  • Jazz is a vector of freedom of expression;
  • Jazz is a symbol of unity and peace;
  • Jazz reduces tensions between individuals, groups, and communities;
  • Jazz fosters gender equality;
  • Jazz reinforces the role youth play for social change;
  • Jazz encourages artistic innovation, improvisation, new forms of expression, and inclusion of traditional music forms into new ones;
  • Jazz stimulates intercultural dialogue and empowers young people from marginalized societies.

23 April: International Jazz Day

International Jazz Day will be officially launched on 27 April in Paris, France and celebrated in two concerts on 30 April: a special sunrise concert in the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans and an evening concert at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York. 

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